Mary Kekatos — Daily Mail Jan 6, 2018
Henry Kissinger has said it’s an all-out war in the White House of President Donald Trump.
‘It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews,’ Kissinger, the former Secretary of State and National Security Adviser to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, told Michael Wolff for his book ‘Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House’.
It appears that the remark was an attempt to characterize the clash between former Trump chief adviser Steve Bannon on one side, and Jewish Trump family members Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump on the other.
According to Wolff, Trump seemingly pushed Kushner into a role as ‘Israel’s great protector’, a role he was not familiar with playing.
‘For Trump, giving Israel to Kushner was not only a test, it was a Jewish test: the president was singling him out for being Jewish, rewarding him for being Jewish, saddling him with an impossible hurdle for being Jewish – and, too, defaulting to the stereotyping belief in the negotiating powers of Jews,’ Wolff wrote
However, Bannon did not like this and intended to grab the ‘stronger-on-Israel’ label, which was embraced by Trump. The Breitbart editor seemed determined to make Kushner appear weak and inadequate, according to Wolff.
In turn, Kushner brought on former president of Goldman Sachs Gary Cohn and pushed for him to be the president’s top economic adviser.
Bannon’s choice had been CNBC’s conservative anchor and commentator Larry Kudlow. For Trump, the clout of having a former Goldman Sachs head was more impressive than even a television personality.
Cohn started to describe a soon-to-be White House that would be business focused and committed to advancing center-right to moderate positions. In this new configuration, Bannon would be marginalized.
Jonathan Sarna, a professor of Jewish history at Brandeis University, told Forward that Kissinger maybe saw the battle of a Jewish-inflected moderate wing and a culturally non-Jewish hardcore.
‘Jewish Republicans have been different from the kind of paleoconservative Republicans, and that battle goes back a long way,’ Sarna said.
‘What none of us know is whether the neoconservatives will come back to the Republican party if there’s a different man at the top.’
The two sides continued to remain at odds until Bannon exited in August 2017.
‘Bannon regarded Kushner and Cohn (and Ivanka) as occupying an alternative reality that had little bearing on the real Trump revolution,’ Wolff wrote.
‘Kushner and Cohn saw Bannon as not just destructive but self-destructive, and they were confident he would destroy himself before he destroyed them.’